F4 Phantom FGR2s at Wattisham & Valley

F4 Phantom FGR2s at Wattisham & Valley

Postby STCAAMEkid on Fri 08 Feb 2013, 11:42 pm

Evening all,
Here are some scans of RAF Phantoms in their last 2 years of operations - sad to think that most of these once mighty beasties were scrapped by the mid 90s. The 1st was taken the week preceding Wattisham's photocall day on 4th July '92; the three statics were taken on the day. I hadn't known it was ticket only until I arrived early at the main gate. Luckily a fellow enthusiast with a spare ticket for sale saved my bacon :biggrin: .
The remaining pictures show 92 Sqn on their final missile practice camp at Valley, Easter 1991. Many of the Wildenrath airframes including XV467, XV435 and XV422 from 92 ended their days at Wattisham with 56 or 74, or for spares recovery and scrap.
I hope these are of interest to the Phantom phanatics amongst you, feedback is always welcome.
Phil

XV474 "T"
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XV467
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XV415
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Y from 74 Sqn
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XV467 Q
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XV467 nose
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XV435 R
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XV435 R
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XV422 Y landing on runway 32
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XV498 U
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Re: F4 Phantom FGR2s at Wattisham & Valley

Postby ciaranchef on Sat 09 Feb 2013, 2:59 am

Great selection of a beautiful aeroplane, Ciaran
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Re: F4 Phantom FGR2s at Wattisham & Valley

Postby Jeff Hunt on Sat 09 Feb 2013, 11:05 am

Very, very nice. Love the oldies that had colour to them.

Cheers,

Jeff
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Re: F4 Phantom FGR2s at Wattisham & Valley

Postby Jeff Hunt on Sat 09 Feb 2013, 11:05 am

Very, very nice. Love the oldies that had colour to them.

Cheers,

Jeff
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Re: F4 Phantom FGR2s at Wattisham & Valley

Postby Maisie on Sat 09 Feb 2013, 11:25 am

XV435 is a beaut! Doing a 1/48th FGR.2 very soon! So these are great to show me the weathering.
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Re: F4 Phantom FGR2s at Wattisham & Valley

Postby STCAAMEkid on Sat 09 Feb 2013, 1:28 pm

Maisie wrote:XV435 is a beaut! Doing a 1/48th FGR.2 very soon! So these are great to show me the weathering.


Hi Maisie, thanks. It's not visible in these shots, but XV467 had the most amazing oily sheen around its aft starboard half, which shows well in a close-up side view I've got, but as yet haven't scanned.

Modelling this may suggest certain zones of the aircraft are matt/ semi matt, and the rear fuse appears a mix of satin/ gloss, which you seldom see modelled. The FG1s and 228 OCU FGR2s by comparison looked spotless in their final months - ironic for the FG1s, as they all stopped flying in '90 IIRC.

I'll scan up the above shot, but it'll have to be tomorrow; I've got 80 minutes of hair loss in Paris to look forward to this afternoon :sweat: .

Phil
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Re: F4 Phantom FGR2s at Wattisham & Valley

Postby Spiny Norman on Sat 09 Feb 2013, 6:31 pm

Always great to see images of this fine looking machine. Not at all jealous...
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Re: F4 Phantom FGR2s at Wattisham & Valley

Postby King Cobra on Tue 12 Feb 2013, 8:08 am

Just loving the "Cobra" shots. Thanks for sharing.
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